Travelling with a baby
July 4, 2014 8:02 AM Subscribe
Due to a confluence of family occasions and holidays this summer, we'll be taking our baby on several trips over the next couple of months. We don't have our own car, and will be travelling via train some of the time, so would like to keep the amount of baby paraphernalia to a minimum. What's your best advice for travelling with a 4-5 month old?
posted by Catseye to Travel & Transportation (11 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
- They're all multi-day trips, from 2-5 nights
- We'll be staying in a combination of holiday homes and with family, with a couple of nights in a hotel on one trip
- Some journeys will be in a car with friends/family (so we won't just be driving with the baby on her own at any point); others involve train journeys, from 3-5 hours. One of them involves crossing central London, which I've done a lot of times before but never with a baby + baby stuff in tow.
- Baby is generally pretty happy, very sociable, and loves staring at new stuff. Does not cry much. She's been away overnight before (and was fine), and on trains before (ditto), but not for these lengths of time.
So I'm looking for any general advice on travelling with a baby this age, and particularly on the practicalities of transporting her and her stuff, because ideally we'd like to take as little as possible when we're sharing cars or travelling via train. How do we work out how many clothes/burp cloths/toys etc. to take? Is it better to take disposable nappies with us, or buy them when we're at our destination? (She's mostly in cloth at home but I don't think that's going to be practical when we're away, right?) She'll be sleeping in a travel cot at floor level, which isn't what she's used to - is this likely to cause problems? Is there anything we desperately need to know about entertaining or caring for a baby on a train, preferably without annoying any other passengers? She'll be sitting on our laps or in her Ergo carrier for the train journeys.
Slight complication: she hates her car seat with a pure and burning fury, so if anyone has any advice on surviving car journeys with that in mind it'd be appreciated.